Richmond-San Rafael Forward

Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Forward implements a suite of strategies to address congestion and improve options for traveling in the RSR Bridge corridor.

Karl Nielsen

Changes are afoot on the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Improvements include infrastructure changes and programs to support crossing the bridge by bicycle.

RSR Open Road Tolling and I-580 Westbound HOV Lane

The RSR open road tolling and I-580 westbound HOV lane provide safety and operational improvements on westbound I-580 approaching the RSR Bridge by:

  • Converting one of the three existing general-purpose lanes to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, beginning at the I-580 / Regatta Avenue Interchange
  • Replacing the existing tolling structure with overhead toll gantries east of the existing toll booths

Staff Contact

Ingrid Supit, Project Manager
Email: isupit@bayareametro.gov

Richmond-San Rafael E-Bike Commute Program

MTC’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge E-Bike Commute Program promotes the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) for commuting across the RSR Bridge on the bicycle/pedestrian path.

E-bikes offer many benefits that make bicycle commutes possible. For example, e-bikes can help riders go farther with less effort, even up hills and in windy conditions. Bike riders also save money on tolls, gas and parking.

Through this program, MTC provides discounts on e-bike purchases to residents living and working in Richmond, San Rafael and other nearby communities where bike commutes across the RSR Bridge are viable. The program also offers incentives to riders for bike commute trips using the RSR Bridge path.

RSR E-Bike Commute Program - Applications are Open 

Visit RSRBikeCommute.org to learn how to apply for the program, and ways to earn additional rewards for riding e-bikes over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The program is eligible to people who:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Live and work or go to school on opposite sides of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
  • Have a qualifying income at or below 400% of the Federal poverty level

If you do not meet the above requirements, we encourage you to complete the Participant Interest Form, since program requirements may change in the future.

RSR E-Bike Program Contacts

Michelle Go, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6649
Email: mgo@bayareametro.gov

Phone: (415) 778-5314
Email: help@rsrebikecommute.org

RSR Rides

RSR Rides supports local community organizations and bicycle retailers who lead group bike and e-bike rides on the RSR Bridge during peak periods.

All rides begin from within a quarter mile of a high-frequency transit stop (such as a BART station). Rides include bike education and safety, and offer opportunities to try riding e-bikes.

RSR Rides Staff Contact

Lily Brown, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6721
Email: lbrown@bayareametro.gov

Upcoming RSR Rides Events

Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6 p.m.

  • Ride start location: Rich City Rides Gallery: 1500C MacDonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94801. We'll start gathering at 6 p.m. at the Rich City Rides Gallery, where we can inspect your bicycles, make adjustments if necessary and do e-bike fits.
  • Directions: From BART station west exit (1700 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94802): Proceed south on 16th st towards Macdonald Ave. Turn right onto Macdonald Ave. Turn left onto 15th St. Destination will be on the left on 15th St. View in Google Maps.
  • Transit accessibility: 0.1 miles from Richmond BART (2 min walk or 1 min ride).
  • Route information: On this 19.1 mile route, the ride starts and ends at Rich City Gallery.  We will ride to/pass the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Point San Quentin Vista Point, Pt Richmond Tunnel/Ferry Point, and Unity Park
  • End time and location: 9 p.m. at Rich City Rides Gallery: 1500C MacDonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
  • Ride web page: richcityrides.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: eventbrite.com
  • Contact information: Email: maria@richcityrides.org; Phone: (510) 288-0944 
  • Other important information: A limited amount of loaner e-bikes are available for the ride. Email info@richcityrides.org to coordinate advance reservations. A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info. Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A working bicycle and helmet are required for participation.
  • Buying an e-bike: The RSRebikeCommute.org website has details on how to get up to $1,000 off a purchase of a qualifying e-bike, and how to earn rewards for commuting across the RSR bridge. Visit RSRebikeCommute.org or email help@rsrebikecommute.org to learn more.

Sunday, November 5, 2023, Time TBA

Details coming soon.

Saturday, November 11, 2023, Time TBA

Details coming soon.


RSR Rides Partners include:

  • Bike East Bay
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Rich City Rides